PACSUN CUTS UNIT PRESIDENT: Pacific Sunwear of California said Wednesday in a regulatory filing that it is eliminating the position of president at its D.e.m.o. subsidiary, which the skate- and surf-inspired apparel chain is in the process of shuttering. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing said Lou Ann Bett will leave the company on March 15. The company previously said it will close the remaining 154 D.e.m.o. stores as part of its restructuring process. Last May it closed 74 units of the underperforming urban-inspired division. The closing of the stores is expected to be completed this May. The filing also said Bett will be entitled to receive severance benefits under the company's executive severance plan.
EXPRESS APPOINTMENT: Express has named Lisa Gavales executive vice president and chief marketing officer, succeeding John Wendler, who departed in May. "As an independent business, we have established aggressive growth plans that will require strong marketing and visual leadership to ensure that we are clearly articulating our brand to our customers," Michael Weiss, chief executive officer of Express, said. Gavales was most recently Bloomingdale's senior vice president of marketing and was largely responsible for growing the store's e-commerce. Earlier, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Habberstad International.
JAFFERJEE TO RAFAELLA: Rafaella Apparel Group Inc. said it appointed Husein Jafferjee as chief operating officer. Jafferjee was previously at Elie Tahari as chief operating officer. Prior to that, Jafferjee served in a variety of roles at Urban Children's Stores, Henri Bendel and Mexx USA, as well as Bankers Trust Co., Cosmair Inc. and Touche Ross & Co.
VALUE CITY DEAL: Retail Ventures Inc. said it sold an 81 percent ownership stake in its Value City Department Stores business to VCHI Acquisition Co., which is described as a newly formed entity owned by VCDS Acquisition Holdings LLC, Emerald Capital Management LLC and Crystal Value LLC. "Retail Ventures Inc. will receive no net cash proceeds from the sale, will pay a fee of $500,000 to the purchaser and anticipates recognizing an aftertax loss on the transaction," the retailer said in a statement. "As part of the transaction, Retail Ventures Inc. issued warrants to VCHI Acquisition Co. to purchase 150,000 shares of common stock of Retail Ventures at an exercise price of $10 per share, and exercisable within 18 months of the date of the closing of the transaction."
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)